Mary Ann Dubrouillet

Birth: February 22, 1925
Profession: July 30, 1951
Death: April 13, 2006

Sister Mary Ann Dubrouillet, longtime educator in St. Louis area schools and parishes, died Thursday, April 13, of heart failure at Oakwood Convent of the Sacred Heart in Atherton, California. She was 81 and had been a Religious of the Sacred Heart for 60 years.

A native of St. Louis, Sister Dubrouillet earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Maryville College (now University) in 1964 and a master’s degree in religious education from St. Thomas University in Houston, Texas, in 1975.

Her first teaching position was at the former City House, a school founded and operated by her religious order, the Society of the Sacred Heart. She taught elementary students at City House and then at Villa Duchesne from 1946 to 1954, oversaw boarding students and worked in the infirmary. She taught elementary students at Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles from 1960 to 1969, with a brief interval from 1964 to 1965, when she taught in Houston, Texas.

In 1970, Sister Dubrouillet began teaching  to middle school students, first at Villa Duchesne for five years, and then for one year at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in  St. Charles, where she also oversaw adult education and coordinated religion classes for students attending public schools.

In 1976, after receiving her master’s degree, Sister Dubrouillet applied her skills as an educator to pastoral ministry and adult religious education. She served for four years, from 1976 to 1980, at St. Anselm Catholic Church (the Priory) in Town and Country, and from 1980 to 1984 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in University City. In those parish positions, she was often praised for her skills as a sensitive listener and counselor.

From 1985 to 1986, Sister Dubrouillet worked as receptionist for the St. Louis-based national headquarters of the Society of the Sacred Heart, U.S. Province before moving to the Oakwood Convent in Atherton, a retirement center for members of her religious order. She served on the pastoral ministry staff at Oakwood until 1998, when her health declined.

Sister Dubrouillet is survived by a sister, Jane Dubrouillet, also a Religious of the Sacred Heart, of Oakwood Convent in Atherton.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Oakwood for Sister Dubrouillet 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Society of the Sacred Heart, 4100 Forest Park Avenue, Suite A, St. Louis, MO 63108.